Just like our article on the Dog Jump Greeting, your puppy may pee when you get home from work or being out. In this segment of Why Does My Dog, we are exploring the ever dreadful dog pee greeting. Why do dogs pee when you get home?
Dog Pee is all about R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Aretha Franklin was onto something. Dogs have a pecking order when it comes to people. Think of a pack of wolves. You do not have an alpha and a ‘pack.’ You have an alpha, number two, number three, etc.
Dogs rank people in the same way. If you rank higher than your dog in the totem pole, your dog shows submission when he or she see’s you. Most dogs start with avoiding eye contact out of respect, and will move to lying down or giving up there belly.
When your dog thinks the message is not getting across, it becomes time for more extreme measures. This is where your dog peeing comes into play. Just like you, peeing is an embarrassing act for your dog. Your dog knows he or she will get in trouble. Peeing anyways is a sign that you are the boss.
To stop this kind of pee greeting you need to focus on building your dogs confidence. I see this a lot with small breeds. To counter the lack of confidence all you need to do is make your dog feel larger.
Determine if Excited or Submitting
What we see as people is just a dog peeing when we get home. An easily excited dog could pee due to the pure joy of seeing you. A submissive dog can be peeing because they want to show you that they understand you are in charge.
To correct the behavior you need to know what kind of peeing it is. The submissive puppy will pee after rolling over and averting eye contact. If your dog loses control after this, you have a submissive pisser.
You must quickly acknowledge your dog. Pet your dog and go to their level. Go out side as soon as possible with your puppy. Submission peeing is common in young dogs and puppies. With little bladder control and humans being so much larger than puppies.
Get as low as possible with puppies and reach up to pet them. This is an easy confidence builder. You can also give a submissive dog submission commands such as sit or lie down. This will satisfy the need to pee to show submission.
An Excited Peeing Dog
This is easy to tell the difference. The excited dog who pees when you get home is often a jumper. The kind of dog that tackles you as soon as you get into the door. This is a harder nut to crack.
You can try to stop your dog from peeing by going outside right away. Or get low and play with your dog as soon as you get home. The common theme of techniques to stop the excited pee is to calm your dog down. I always start with a yawn.
Dogs yawn to reduce anxiety and calm down. You can trigger the calming by yawning yourself. If you just get home from work, a yawn should not be that hard to fake. This works great if you get down to your dogs level before yawning.
The highest success technique to stop the excited pee is to sneak into your house. When you get home and are loud, you are letting your dog get wound up until you say hello. Giving your dog as little time possible will greatly reduce accidents.
Ignore Your Way to Pee Free
It is easy to fold to an excited or submissive dog. If you have the mental fortitude to not cave to your puppy, you have one very simple tool to stop the urinating. This is all about you and has very little to do with your dog.
When you get home, you should ignore your dog. This shows your dog that getting home is not that big of a deal. The excited dog will see the lack of attention to mean that getting home is not something to pee over.
For the submissive dog, ignoring him or her explicitly tells your dog that you are not trying to establish dominance. You act as if you do not care. Wolves will often for dogs to submit and then lick the submitting dog. Giving up the belly is a submissive dogs way of saying ‘I know you can tear my insides out.’
I discovered this by pure accident. After going grocery shopping my husband would ignore our dog. If he had to make more than one trip to the car, he kept the dog locked up. This was during our crate training days.
When I let our dog out when I get home, she would pee. I never could get her outside quick enough. This applies to me waking up in the morning too. My dog would pee quicker than I could get her outside.
After a while I started making my morning coffee and washing my face before I let my dog out. The ten minutes of watching me get up showed my dog that this was not a big deal, and that there is no reason to submit.
Why Do Dogs Pee When You Get Home?
Your puppy is either really excited, or really submissive. The tools to handle both types of peeing dog are different. A couple techniques are universal. You can ignore both the excited and submissive peeing dogs.
For a submissive dog, you should build confidence. Getting low or to your dogs level helps. Letting your dog get on furniture or picking them up makes them taller This is an easy way to spark some confidence.
The excited dog needs a distraction. Alternatively you can teach your dog that getting home is not something to get excited about. By not making it a big deal to see each other you can tame your excited dog.